Chapter 5. Configuring a GFS2 File System in a Cluster

The following procedure is an outline of the steps required to set up a Pacemaker cluster that includes a GFS2 file system.
After installing and starting the cluster software on all nodes, create the cluster. You must configure fencing for the cluster. For information on creating a Pacemaker cluster and configuring fencing for the cluster, see Creating a Red Hat High-Availability Cluster with Pacemaker in High Availability Add-On Administration. Once you have done this, perform the following procedure.
  1. On all nodes of the cluster, install the lvm2-cluster and gfs2-utils packages, which are part of the Resilient Storage channel.
    # yum install lvm2-cluster gfs2-utils
  2. Set the global Pacemaker parameter no_quorum_policy to freeze.


    By default, the value of no-quorum-policy is set to stop, indicating that once quorum is lost, all the resources on the remaining partition will immediately be stopped. Typically this default is the safest and most optimal option, but unlike most resources, GFS2 requires quorum to function. When quorum is lost both the applications using the GFS2 mounts and the GFS2 mount itself cannot be correctly stopped. Any attempts to stop these resources without quorum will fail which will ultimately result in the entire cluster being fenced every time quorum is lost.
    To address this situation, you can set the no-quorum-policy=freeze when GFS2 is in use. This means that when quorum is lost, the remaining partition will do nothing until quorum is regained.
    # pcs property set no-quorum-policy=freeze
  3. Set up a dlm resource. This is a required dependency for clvmd and GFS2.
    # pcs resource create dlm ocf:pacemaker:controld op monitor interval=30s on-fail=fence clone interleave=true ordered=true
  4. Execute the following command in each node of the cluster to enable clustered locking. This command sets the locking_type parameter in the /etc/lvm/lvm.conf file to 3.
    # /sbin/lvmconf --enable-cluster
  5. Set up clvmd as a cluster resource.
    # pcs resource create clvmd ocf:heartbeat:clvm op monitor interval=30s on-fail=fence clone interleave=true ordered=true
    Note that the clvmd and cmirrord deamons are started and managed by Pacemaker using the ocf:heartbeat:clvm resource agent and do not need to be started during boot with systemd. Additionally, the ocf:heartbeat:clvm resource agent, as part of the start procedure, sets the locking_type parameter in the /etc/lvm/lvm.conf file to 3 and disables the lvmetad daemon.
  6. Set up clvmd and dlm dependency and start up order. clvmd must start after dlm and must run on the same node as dlm.
    # pcs constraint order start dlm-clone then clvmd-clone
    # pcs constraint colocation add clvmd-clone with dlm-clone
  7. Create the clustered logical volume.
    # pvcreate /dev/vdb
    # vgcreate -Ay -cy cluster_vg /dev/vdb
    # lvcreate -L5G -n cluster_lv cluster_vg


    When you create volume groups with CLVM on shared storage, you must ensure that all nodes in the cluster have access to the physical volumes that constitute the volume group. Asymmetric cluster configurations in which some nodes have access to the storage and others do not are not supported.
    When managing volume groups using CLVMD to allow for concurrent activation of volumes across multiple nodes, the volume groups must have the clustered flag enabled. This flag allows CLVMD to identify the volumes it must manage, which is what enables CLVMD to maintain LVM metadata continuity. Failure to adhere to this configuration renders the configuration unsupported by Red Hat and may result in storage corruption and loss of data.
  8. Format the logical volume with a GFS2 file system. Ensure that you create enough journals for each of the nodes in your cluster.
    # mkfs.gfs2 -j2 -p lock_dlm -t rhel7-demo:gfs2-demo /dev/cluster_vg/cluster_lv


    When you create the GFS2 filesystem, it is important to specify a correct value for the -t LockTableName option. The correct format is ClusterName:FSName. Failure to specify a correct value will prevent the filesystem from mounting and may cause corruption. For more information on the options for the mkfs.gfs2 command, see Section 3.1, “Making a File System”.
  9. Configure a clusterfs resource.
    You should not add the file system to the /etc/fstab file because it will be managed as a Pacemaker cluster resource. Mount options can be specified as part of the resource configuration with options=options. Run the pcs resource describe Filesystem command for full configuration options.
    This cluster resource creation command specifies the noatime mount option.
    # pcs resource create clusterfs Filesystem device="/dev/cluster_vg/cluster_lv" directory="/var/mountpoint" fstype="gfs2" "options=noatime" op monitor interval=10s on-fail=fence clone interleave=true
  10. Set up GFS2 and clvmd dependency and startup order. GFS2 must start after clvmd and must run on the same node as clvmd.
    # pcs constraint order start clvmd-clone then clusterfs-clone
    # pcs constraint colocation add clusterfs-clone with clvmd-clone
  11. Verify that GFS2 is mounted as expected.
    # mount |grep /mnt/gfs2-demo
    /dev/mapper/cluster_vg-cluster_lv on /mnt/gfs2-demo type gfs2 (rw,noatime,seclabel)